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I found out about an hour before leaving work this morning it was a long weekend. I've had the car for a month and a half and I'm tired of driving a Creamsicle looking Lotus. I'm leaning toward a silver I have on hand. We'll see once I spray some.

Fridays are short for me. I got home at noon and started blowing it apart.

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The new clam, filled signals, and front of the passenger door need the most attention.

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It took way too long to find the connectors for the door wiring. I had to take it around the block without them. It's a whole new experience.

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The T is not centered and none of these dims match each other. Is this normal?

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Fishing line and some acetone made short work of the emblem.

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I got the clam off, removed the door seals and spent an entire hour removing the Star Shield from the driver's sill. I'm not looking forward to the other side.

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There's more space back here than expected. I'm going to have to estimate how big of a sub enclosure I can build.

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tic tock tic tock you got a good start on your holiday paint!
 

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Ask one might expect, I got a lot less done than planned. The wind didn't agree with my paint booth plans so I decided to just shoot al fresco. Prep takes forever. I got one door, the rear clam, engine cover, roll bar cover and hinge covers in the silver base.
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I wasn't happy with the color so I went and got some Storm Titanium.

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I spent eight hours on it yesterday. Twelve today. The garage is a disaster. I need more space.
 

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Nice shooting!!!!!
 
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I’m always amazed when people shoot outside without a paint booth. Good luck. Storm Titanium is a great color!
 

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Looks great! I know my old neighbors don't miss my impromptu outdoor syraying
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Looks great. I might've filled some of those body lines on the front and rear clams.

Whenever I try to paint outside, I always get a random bug that suicide dives into my new finish, haha.
 

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Spraying outside requires acceptance of what is inevitably going to land in it. The door has one small bug dead center. The clam has quite a bit more debris in it. Hopefully most of it will sand out.

I built this when I painted my T. It was up for months. It was fully enclosed with a squirrel cage blowing from the top of the opposite end. I think I took this as I was taking it down. I had a man door in the other end. I would have reassembled it but all the wood has apparently been cut up for other things.

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It's sill day. Everything is in clear but sills and the front clam. The clam prep may take a few days.
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Looking good! Do you have the BOE clam hinge? If I were going to this extent, I'd also paint the inside of the rear clam so that it's more appealing when tilted. My trunk could also use a re-spray...

Are you doing any of the recommended updates while both clams are off?
 

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Thanks. I was told all of the updates and tsb's were done. I plan to make a hinge at some point.

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I got back at this afternoon. I prepped the ront clam and got it in base. Getting the inner bolts back in the door bars was a challenge.

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This is just my opinion but I do believe that you are doing a fantastic job with this car. You are doing this car a great service.
 

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This is just my opinion but I do believe that you are doing a fantastic job with this car. You are doing this car a great service.
Thank you very much. So far it's gone surprisingly well and mostly dirt free.

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I got the front clam out in the sun this morning and decided it needed more blocking.

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I disassembled the mirrors and prepped the access panels. One panel is aftermarket and needed a bit more attention. I got enough coats of clear on everything before it started raining. It caught me completely off guard. The mirrors are still hanging out there by the Ranger. I was rolling the clam inside between coats.

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This is surely going to go off before I can use it.
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I've started color sanding the rear clam. I don't think it's going to need more clear. The front turned out much cleaner.


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Afaik this is the worst spot on the car. This is after sanding with 1500 grit and a pass with Fine-Cut cleaner.
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So my weekend project ended up spanning 19 days. It was three full weekends and some evenings. About 90 hours and $363. I drove it to work for the first time today. It's supposed to be overcast all week. I haven't seen it in the sun yet.
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